Acupuncture for Thyroid Disorders

Acupuncture for Thyroid Disorders.

The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of the neck that secretes hormones to regulate the body's use of energy, metabolic processes and growth.

Around one in 20 people will experience some form of thyroid dysfunction in their lifetime and women are more likely to have an underactive thyroid.

The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism vary from person to person and early symptoms can include weight gain and fatigue.

What does the research say?

The following insights are obtained from systematic reviews and analysis of clinical trials investigating the efficacy of Chinese medicine and acupuncture for thyroid disorders.

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Although well-conducted clinical research can help members of the public to make better-informed decisions about their healthcare, we cannot claim that any particular treatment may be effective for any individual person.

When you consult with our Chinese medicine practitioners, you'll receive personalised advice and treatment based on your symptoms and Chinese medicine diagnosis.

Scientific References

Browse our collection of scientific clinical research on acupuncture for thyroid disorders.

It includes recent and reputable papers published by peer-reviewed journals within the last 10 years.

Annals of Palliative Medicine

2021, Jun 16

Meta-analysis-based systematic review of effect of traditional Chinese medicine intervention in treatment of diabetic nephropathy on thyroid function
Annals of Palliative Medicine

TCM intervention in DN is effective in treating the clinical symptoms of patients with this disease and has ideal therapeutic effects.

Zhang X, Wu M, Zhou J, Zhou R, Luo Q, Yue R, Jin S. Full Article


2021, Feb 06

Thyroid-Modulating Activities of Olive and Its Polyphenols: A Systematic Review

The review concludes that olive derivatives, particularly olive oil and leaf extract, consistently demonstrate thyroid-stimulating activities in animal studies, but the mechanisms of action remain unknown, emphasizing the need for further validation through human studies to confirm their potential therapeutic applications, especially in individuals with hypothyroidism.

Pang KL, Lumintang JN, Chin KY Full Article

Journal of Integrative Medicine

2018, Nov

An overview of the contribution of acupuncture to thyroid disorders
Journal of Integrative Medicine

The clinical study showed high effectiveness of acupuncture in treating thyroid disorders. Thyroid biomarkers and symptoms from hyperthyroidism/ hypothyroidism were significantly reduced with treatments. Patients also reported to have better sleep quality, digestion and emotional health. Acupuncture was also more effective in co-treatment with western medicine, and produced less side effects in the long run

Cheng FK Full Article

Annals of Translational Medicine

2016, Nov 23

A systematic review of combinatorial treatment with warming and invigorating drugs and levothyroxine for hypothyroidism caused by Hashimoto disease
Annals of Translational Medicine

Warming and invigorating drugs combined with levothyroxine may improve treatment of hypothyroidism caused by HT more than levothyroxine alone based on the FT3, FT4, TSH, TPOAb, and TGAb results. Based on the low qualities of the included studies, further evidence is needed to confirm these conclusions.

Xiangwen Cheng, Zixiao Wei, Guangde Zhang, Xin Shao, Bo Li, Rui Gao Full Article

Yin Tang
“It is by virtue of the twelve channels that human life exists, that disease arises, that human beings can be treated and illness cured. The twelve channels are where beginners start and masters end.” The Classic of Acupuncture
Circa 1st Century BCE